Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean,
guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas
that they may reach the haven of peace and light
prepared in Him who calmed the sea.
As we set forth upon the oceans of the world
and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O Mary,
the fruit of your womb, for without your Son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail on life’s journey,
that in heart and mind, work and deed,
in days of turmoil and in days of calm,
we will always look to Christ and say,
“Who is this that even wind and sea obey him?”
Our Lady, Star of the Sea, pray for us.
-Pope John Paul II
Stella Maris - Star of the Sea
An updated version of an old piece. The Marian title “Stella Maris” has become very dear to my heart over the past two years, as I moved from the landlocked prairies to a coastal city. My time here has brought me through a massive hurricane, a health crisis, and a pandemic; it has also led me into innumerable moments of grace and divine providence. Through it all, this title has reminded me that even storms can point me towards Christ. Mary, ever faithful even through moments of great distress, kept her eyes ever fixed on God, and her example and intercession can help us endure our own storms and keep our eyes fixed on the One who calms the seas.
Mary, Stella Maris, pray for us.
This piece is part of my “Ave Maria” series illustrating the various titles of Mary. You can find the rest on my page using the “Ave Maria” tag.
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MOTHER MARY, STELLA MARIS, ORA PRO NOBIS!
The planet has become with the Latins, Venus, or Aphrodite-Anadyomene, the foam-born Goddess, the “Divine Mother,” and one with the Phoenician Astarte, or the Jewish Astoreth. They were all called “The Morning Star,” and the Virgins of the Sea, or Mar (whence Mary), the Great Deep, titles now given by the Roman Church to their Virgin Mary. They were all connected with the moon and the crescent, with the Dragon and the planet Venus, as the mother of Christ has been made connected with all these attributes. If the Phoenician mariners carried, fixed on the prow of their ships, the image of the goddess Astarte (or Aphrodite, Venus Erycina) and looked upon the evening and the morning star as their guiding star, “the eye of their Goddess mother,” so do the Roman Catholic sailors the same to this day. They fix a Madonna on the prows of their vessels, and the blessed Virgin Mary is called the “Virgin of the Sea.” The accepted patroness of Christian sailors, their star, “Stella Del Mar,” etc., she stands on the crescent moon. Like the old pagan Goddesses, she is the “Queen of Heaven,” and the “Morning Star” just as they were.
Whether this can explain anything, is left to the reader’s sagacity. Meanwhile, Lucifer-Venus has nought to do with darkness, and everything with light. When called Lucifer, it is the “light-bringer,” the first radiant beam which destroys the lethal darkness of night. When named Venus, the planet-star becomes the symbol of dawn, the chaste Aurora.
- On Lucifer, the Bright Morning Star, and title of the London periodical launched by H.P. Blavatsky in 1887
To recite the Stella Maris Chaplet:
On the medal recite: O, Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.
On the three beads of the pendant say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be, respectively.
On the twelve beads of the loop, recite one Hail Mary, followed by the words: Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Help and Protect us! Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.
End with the Sign of the Cross.
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